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SLIS 420: Communication and Information Transfer

Subject Librarian

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Valerie Vera
Research and Instruction
Thomas Cooper Library
University of South Carolina

What is a Popular Source?

Popular sources are intended for a wide, general audience. They use understandable, non-technical language and are often reviewed by a single editor before publication.

Some examples of popular sources include:

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
Popular Sources Databases

What is a Scholarly Source?

Scholarly sources are intended for a specialist audience, and their purpose is to present new research in a certain field. They are written by experts in the field and are peer-reviewed by other experts. These sources often contain technical language and are written for those who are knowledgeable about a subject already.

Some examples of scholarly sources include:

  • Journal articles
Scholarly Sources Databases

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